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St. Maarten And 9/11  
User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3461 times:

With the runway right behind the beach in St. Maarten, did they close the beach in that area down after 9/11? It seems like you could practically reach up and touch a plane when it is landing. Although it is an airport i would LOVE to see  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3424 times:

No, beach still open from trip reports and stuff i have heard on the forums

User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3405 times:

I am not sure, I know all US commercial aviation was shut down I don't know about there. I want to go to that airport one day! They sure do come in low!

User currently onlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17172 posts, RR: 66
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3254 times:

You don't need an airport next to something for 9/11 to happen. Let's not forget that those planes started out nowhere near their targets.


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User currently offlineJakbar From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 442 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3182 times:

I was just at Maho Beach in St. Maarten a week ago....definitely NOT closed. In fact, the *security* (more appropriately, lack thereof) is the same as it was pre-9/11. I had my camera through holes in the fence, less than 100 yards from the departing aircraft. I have never had a problem there.

While there, I saw a WinAir Twin Otter pull all the way down next to the fence and make a hard 180, swinging his right wing *over* the fence. As in...I could have lost my head if I wasn't paying attention! I guess it was to amuse the crowd, as I saw no other legitimate reason for a Twin Otter to backtrack into the runway overrun area prior to takeoff!

In my opinion, the more important thing that spotters have to deal with while at Maho Beach is the sun/heat. I was going through a bottle of water every 10-15 minutes (sold for $1 at the Sunset Beach Bar right on the beach).

Josh


User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3162 times:

I know it is open now but i was just wondering if it was closed right after the other planes hit?


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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3084 times:

In my opinion, the more important thing that spotters have to deal with while at Maho Beach is the sun/heat.

Not to mention the topless women sunbathers  Smokin cool



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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3068 times:

but the question is...are they old topless women  Sad or of the younger variety  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineJakbar From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 442 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

Typically the younger women were the topless ones...thank God!  Big thumbs up

I haven't heard of Maho Beach ever being closed, even right after 9/11. Different way of life down there, I guess... As I stuck my camera through the holes in the fence (even in March '02), the pilots typically just wave....even for AA, US, CO, etc. The pilots are probably more concerned with getting a good view of the aforementioned sunbathers before taking off back to dismal locales such as PIT, EWR, etc.  Big thumbs up


User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2764 times:

is there a decent fare down to St. Maarten?? I would love to see the airport and of course the "other" scenery  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2707 times:

is there a decent fare down to St. Maarten?? I would love to see the airport and of course the "other" scenery

Rarely, if ever. Even during the fare "sales" the fares are usually more than $400RT to SXM.



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User currently offlineFLY2LIM From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1188 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

OK, somewhat off topic but, let's get real here. Are there men who really care if the women who are topless are older or younger? As far as I know, men pretty much just like to look at nude women, regardless of age. True, the younger ones may be more appealing but there is something to be said about "experience".
I could not resist. I apologize in anticipation to anyone who may be offended. I wonder if this will be my first posting that gets deleted.
So, returning to topic, one of the huge concerns after 9/11 has been airplanes being taken down by surface to air missiles. I suppose the original poster was asking about that. I know that perimeters around US airports have been restricted or closed down completely. And St. Maarten/St. Martin have pretty easy access and plenty of private places (like hotel room balconies overlooking the runway at SXM) for someone to plot something.
I would say that this is an area of great danger. As someone said, security there is the same as it's ever been.
Just my opinion.
FLY2LIM



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User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

I bet in the future something will happen and people will be unable to get that close to the aircraft. Hopefully that doesn't happen until I've experienced it myself in a couple of years time. I'm definitely going there after college. Big grin

DC-10


User currently offlineSupraZachAir From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Feb 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

OK, somewhat off topic but, let's get real here. Are there men who really care if the women who are topless are older or younger? As far as I know, men pretty much just like to look at nude women, regardless of age.

Speak for yourself, big guy. I like boobs that you don't have to reach down to play with. Stay away from leathery boobs, too. Simple as that!

I'm planning on going down there sometime in the future, just gotta make sure i don't get distracted since I'll be there with the g/f.


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

As far as I know, men pretty much just like to look at nude women, regardless of age. True, the younger ones may be more appealing but there is something to be said about "experience".

Uggghh... So you're trying to say that you wouldn't mind being on a beach with naked fify and sixty-something women? Uh, no thanks. Give me my hot, nubile 20-somethings and I'm one happy camper, anything over 40, you're talking stupid.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2128 times:

I was there one month after 9/11. It was fine.

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User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2119 times:

I sure as hell have NO desire to look at a woman whose breasts are lower than my...well you know what i am talking about  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineKL911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5297 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2067 times:

First of all: There is no high building to fly into at St. Maarten, and second: Arabs don't even know where it is......

Don't worry, as long as everybody on that beach drinks alcohol we're safe..  Laugh out loud


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